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Ultimately, a woman has the right to terminate her pregnancy

A few years ago, I was consulted by a woman who was 33 weeks pregnant with a baby who had been diagnosed to have hydrocephalus. In the end, she decided to complete the pregnancy.

I was discussing this case with the head of the ACLU, who had made a statement that the purpose of their organization was to speak for and defend those who could not speak for and defend themselves. I asked whether or not this 33-week-old fetus qualified as a human being incapable of speaking for or defending itself. He artfully dodged answering the question. I told him that there were many premature infants in our neonatal intensive care unit; I asked him if he would speak for and defend the rights of a 28-week-old baby who was in an incubator and on life support. He replied that that was a no-brainer; of course the ACLU would defend such an individual. He realized his answers were not logical, he said, but he felt that ultimately a woman had the right to terminate a pregnancy until the second that child is born.

Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 99-100 , Jan 24, 2012

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